Despite the in-game heroics of Christian Watford, who scored a season high 27 points, Indiana's Cinderella season came to end Friday night at the unshakable hands of John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats. The game, which was easily the highest scoring of the NCAA tournament so far, also set the record for most points given up by a Hoosiers team in the program's tournament history.
But the real story was not that IU actually out-shot Kentucky from the floor, nor was it the five UK players who finished the night in double-digits—it was the ridiculous 35-of-37 that Kentucky hit from the line. It is quite impossible, it turns out, to win a basketball game when you're buried in an avalanche of fouls.
And in the words of Kurt Vonnegut, Indiana's greatest literary mind: "So it goes."
There can only ever be one champion, and the end of the season is always, inevitably, disappointing for the losers. This year, for the Hoosiers and their fans, it seems especially bittersweet. After a decade spent in the shadow of Bob Knight, and after being dragged through the mud by Kelvin Sampson, Indiana finally got some much needed relief. Like waking from an all-night bender, or receiving your college degree the same day that first student loan payment is due, the sensation is a mix of foggy memories, pain and the vague feeling of accomplishment.
So with that in mind, it's time to take a stroll back through the season. Here are the seven best moments of IU's 2011-12 campaign.